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Jubelale - Deschutes Brewery

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1,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,819
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 110
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available: October to December
Alc. by Vol.: 6.7%
IBUs: 60

216 calories per 12 oz serving

Label artwork changes annually.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Photo of drewbage
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Sampled in a 6oz Sample Glass at the Washington State Summer Brewfest

(Brewery aged keg from 2002 saved for the June Festival)

Deep rich brown ale with a short white head that disappates quickly. Nose is dominated by cinnamon and brown sugar aromas of oxidation.

Body is sweet but rich with caramel and toasted malty notes with a fading hoppy flavor and a spicy and slighty sour finish.

drewbage, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

2002 edition. Barely cloudy dark amber with hints of red, forming a thin yellow head despite a vigorous pour. Retention and lacing are OK. Aroma is of sweet rasins, brown sugar, fruity mild hops. Taste begins with herbal flavor hops, round amber malts with some earthiness, hints of dark fruit followed by moderately perceptable sharp alcohol and a sustained moderate earthen bitterness. Mouthfel is dry with a medium-dense body. The alcohol is pungent yet tolerable at cold temps and gets worse as it warms. Rough all over and a little ugly on the side.

Mitchster, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

Released as a "limited edition Millennium ale" it is closely related and based on its older cousin, the "Jubelale" but it taken to new extremes in virtually every directions including bitterness, aroma, maltiness and character. This is a real winner. Although the abv is unlisted on the bottle., I've seen references to 7.0%abv written in places; but for this avid beer fan, its seems to pack a much heartier punch ... Perhaps a little closer to its local competitor Hair Of The Dog and their selection of 10%abv releases.

Pours a deep dark brown with a heavy ruby red accent. Pours with a very small head which quick fades to little more than an extremely small inconsistent collar and no glass lacing.

Aroma is rife with passion and extremely fruity, malty, sour, and hoppy hints with plenty of interesting earthy hints like peat, oak and smoke.

Flavorise,this really packs a punch and is a cornacopia offering of different ingredients for beer. This is intensely fruity (cherry, apricot, plum, and apple), earthy (walnut, peat, and oak), wickedly sweet (toffee, caramel and chocolate) plus a nice round hit of coffee/espresso to help round it all out. Extremely bitter, but it doesn't make your tongue tingle like many barley wines, but its tends to sit better at the back of the throat and slides down with a interesting bitterly sweet malty taste explosion.

Considering everything that is going on in this brew, it’s a real intresting and highly enjoyable brew. Best of all, all the flavors come together in one very well rounded, almost creamy consistency package that delivers a real knockout punch.

A nice brew that should age well, considering the quality of it at this juncture more than 2 years after being brewed. Sadly, I've only come across 3 bottles of this and failed to grab more than the one I'm about to finish off now. Sublime!!

[ STATS:>> 12oz bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $2.39 ]

49degrees, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%

A pumped-up version of the Deschutes Jubelale... the 2000 batch was brewed to a higher gravity, dry-hopped and cask-aged! And I almost feel as if I've made a mistake by tasting it now... it's that good - and it will get better!!!
I poured the complete bottle, sediment and all, leaving a cloudy brown body beneath a thin layer of light tan foam. The head dropped shortly but maintained a decent collar throughout most of the glass. The nose is just astounding! Very unique! It displays a complex variety of fruits, sweet malt, and woody character that includes fresh-picked berries, soft baked-apple-pie, a slight hint of red pepper, dried apricots, tangerines, mushrooms, cocoa, cocoanut, dark caramel, toffee, fudge, a touch of smoke, some creamy coffee, and alot of oak. Whoah! The aroma in itself can be enjoyed throughout the good part of a night by the fire or as the sun sets and the sky comes alive with stars! This is truly a beer for all seasons. Impressive. The body is full/medium; and it's quite creamy and smooth across the palate with just a gentle caress on the tongue from the restrained, natural carbonation. Not surprisingly, some different flavors arise in the mouth. Previously unseen, soft prune rushes the stage; accompanied by a mild and sweet cherry, toasted cocoanut, dark toffee, light coffee and a nutty character that really develops in the long & complex finish along with some residual piney and grassy notes from the receeding hop flavors. It finishes dry with a very mild note of smoke, but no longer robustly bitter. This beer should soften and develop a bit more complexity over then next year or so, and then change as more cherry/sherry character develops for some time. Exceptional!

NeroFiddled, May 27, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%

I wish we could get more of this stuff on the east coast! Dark reddish copper with thick off-white head and nice sticky lace. A pleasantly sweet aroma of malt, hops, fruit and trace alcohol vapors. The full rich malty body is sweet and exudes the essence of berries. Medium/high in complex hops. Balanced yet complex. Velvety & smooth. Celebrate!

BeerResearcher, May 16, 2003
Photo of Fabric8r
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

I liked this winter brew. Others are better, but this one is just fine. Nice strong flavor, although a bit more hops than others of this style. The flavor grabs you right quick, but you settle in and enjoy it. I can't drink more than one or two, for some reason I just can't take more.

Fabric8r, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of aracauna
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%

Nice cherry-red glow with light tan head that is nice but fades incompletely. The aroma is oranges, mild winter spiciness (whether it's added or not) and a light, sweet malt. The first sip is a shock at the amount of hop bitterness. The hops seem to float seperately from the rest of the beer which is a warm soft sweet maltiness. The hop bitterness fades as you get used to it but it still seems out of place and unbalances the beer.

aracauna, Jan 09, 2003
Photo of John
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

Ruby/amber color, deep and glowing. Smooth and creamy tan head. Pretty as a picture. Gorgeous aroma that spews forth the scent of tastes to come. Brandied fruit, ripe sugary plums and a prominent (sometimes fusel) alcohol, reveal themselves individually, then become integrated. The alcohol fires up the nostrils and throat with each swallow. Hops are reserved but adequate enough to provide the precise balance. Some hints of chocolate and molasses emerge as this lovely brew coats the palate. A big malty brew perfect for the winter months. Classic seasonal ale. (Thanks to Valleyboy for the Christmas beer!)

John, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Deschutes offers up a beautiful, dark ruby brew that looks a lot like a red wine. The head on Jubeale is beige and provides a strikingly good contrast with the deep color of the ale.

The smell is that of fruit and the flavor is a well-balanced marriage of hops and malt. It has nuances of fruit leather and chocolate. There are other layers of flavor that, upon reflection, I think I have to go back and have another one at a later date. This drink really comes across with a rich and complex character. It finishes with a slightly bitter caramel taste. A very warm and inviting mouthfeel.

An excellent choice for a winter warmer.

Zraly, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%

It was a good beer, but nothing to rave about. Poured a nice deep reddish copper color. The smell was of a spicy fruity and malty aroma. The taste was a complex of fruits and malts, with a hint of a hoppy flavor. The sweetness mellowed the bitterness and made this beer drinkable. But was not overly impressed!

BeerManDan, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Had this on tap at Redbones and I have to say that it is one of the better winter ales that I have had. Very dark amber in color with little to no head. The hops and malt combined to make a very drinkable strong ale. A few fruity notes coming through, especially apple, give it a "sweet" edge. The alcohol was not present at all to me. I wish that we could have more of this on the East Coast.

CharlesRiver, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%

Bottle review from 01JAN04...
Happy Holidays! Jubelale has a luscious, deep chestnut color, topped by a thin, fine tan head. Bier is clear throughout, and the head is short-lived and leaves a little bit of lacing (though some sediment in the bottle got swirled in at the end of the quaffing session). The nose is definitely a spiced one, with perhaps some all-spice, coriander and nutmeg? I'm still in the learning phase regarding spices, so forgive me if I'm way off base. The body is a little thinner than medium, and it is fairly nice on the tongue. This is a spicy bier, though the flavor is not overwhelming, but rather subtle and subdued. Some hoppiness balances the sweetness and spiciness quite well. It is a rather dry bier from start to end, and the spices stick well in the throat and last nicely. Tasty bier, and a good change of pace from my typical Imperial Stouts and Barleywines during the cold time of year. Kudos go to Jason for dropping this in my lap. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

*** ***

On-tap review from 30NOV02...
On tap at Redbones... Poured a dark copper color, with some ruby gleaming through, also. The head was fine, thin and creamy, with excellent lacing in the glass. Nose had mild malt to start off, along with some nice, fresh hops and a pleasant, winter-ale type of spiciness. Good body and decent smoothness on the tongue equals good overall mouthfeel. I found a refreshing 3-way balance of flavors amongst mildly sweet malt, robust hoppiness, and a spiciness similar to cinnamon. I'm not exactly sure if it was cinnamon I was picking up, but it was nicely understated.... Good brew!! (4.5/3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0 = 4.00)


Bierman9, Nov 30, 2002
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Presentation: 0.355l brown bottle. No freshness date. Festive label.

Appearance: A garnet coloured beer, capped by a beige head, about two fingers thick, multiple bubble sizes, foamy and with a hell of a lot of stick on the glass and great retention. A lovely creamy lace if left behind, for the remainder of the beer's life.

Smell: Soft fruity aroma, fresh apple skin, touch of pear. Touch of toffee from the malts, faint hint of all-spice.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew a bit robust. Dry. A defining and unique fruity characters of apples, pear, over-ripe mellon, fig with a bitter citric end. Coarse hop feel on the palate, a bit leafy and dry with gently herbal spice. Malt flavours contain just enough rich and bold sweetness to balance with a touch of chicory, earth and toffee. Slight bubble-gum flavour tucked beneath. Alcohol becomes more pronounced and noticeable as the beer warms, lends some spice. Finish brings more dryness with residual chicory and leafy hop flavours.

Notes & Drinkability: One of the better winter brews to meet my palate. I could drink this all winter. Complex, balanced and hands down tasty. Definitely puts you in a festive mood.

Todd, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of beerguy101
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Deep ruby color, medium foamy head. Rich malt aroma. Tastes very different from the 2001 edition. Rich malt flavor, molasses, spices and spruce. Not as hoppy as the 2001. Chocolate malts and a touch of banana and clove. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste us slightly bitter. Nice and warming. Great for winter evening sipping.

beerguy101, Nov 11, 2002
Photo of sinistersteve
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%

Well, time to start the winter beer drinking season off and what better way to do it than with the 2002 version of Jubelale.

Deep, dark amber colored ale with a nice brownish head on the pour Head went away a bit quick, although some stayed around on the edges to lace the glass nicely. Piney scent on the nose Great full flavored taste. This is one beer that is bound to keep you warm during those long and cold winter nights. Past years of Jubelale have been nothing less than magnificant and this years version is no different.

sinistersteve, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of beernut7
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%

Very nice dark amber color with a creamy head. This is a very good winter ale in the tradition of teh brewery. Moderate body with heavy, but not overbearing maltiness. Goes down very smooth.

beernut7, May 04, 2002
Photo of Jordan
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Sharp pungent hops and spice and raw toffee nose. These same elements make a flawless transition to the tongue. Complex and mature. All the distinguished flavors gently fold over one another on the tongue, beginning with a mouthful of rich malts these will soon give the robust hop character permission to surface. A phenomenal brew.

Jordan, Feb 09, 2002
Photo of gwfrankpsu
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%

A gift from the Gods - This is an incredible, complex beer - saving some for my wedding. If you can find it call me.

gwfrankpsu, Sep 07, 2001
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Jubelale from Deschutes Brewery
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